Owning My Story


“Embracing ourodinr vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.”

- Brene Brown

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 I’ve learned powerful lessons from both my mistakes and successes.  With God’s help and the guidance I’ve received from Alcoholics Anonymous and its members I am a different man today than I was when I began my recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous promises that “No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our  experience can benefit others.” I have realized this promise. I have used my experience to help others. Yet there are  parts of my story that  can still cause me great shame. If I am to love fully, truly belong and experience the joy God intended for all of us I can’t allow my shame to block me from connecting with others. Brave action takes  courage because there is the risk of failure. I must have the courage to face the possibility of failure and rejection. It is only with vulnerability that I  connect deeply with others. I will not allow my shame to block me from love and belonging and joy. These are the ultimate promises of a spiritual life. 

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